Twitter has finally showcased its Edit Button by sharing the world’s first publicly edited tweet via its Twitter Blue account. The tweet reads, “Hello, this is a test to make sure the edit button works; we’ll let you know how it goes,” the tweet features a timestamp preceded by a pencil icon and a “Last edited” text with a specific time.
this is a test to make sure the edit button works, we’ll let you know how it goes
— Twitter Blue (@TwitterBlue) September 29, 2022
Twitter’s Edit Button is the Most Awaited Feature of 2022
Twitter users have long been asking for an edit tweet feature, but in 2020, then-CEO Jack Dorsey went on record and said that Twitter would probably never add one owing to specific security concerns. However, the company later confirmed that it was working on the Edit Button feature back in April. It is pertinent to mention here that the feature will first be available only for Twitter Blue subscribers in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand will get the feature, followed by the US.
The user would only be able to edit a tweet for up to 30 minutes from the time of posting, and it can be edited five times within this period. The time limit is set to stop people from misusing the feature and changing the tone and contents of the tweet as per their convenience. The company, however, mentioned that it is currently observing user behavior, and the number of edits available to users in the approved time frame could change.
A controversial Feature
The edit button feature is a lot more controversial than it seems, while experts fear it might be used to spread misinformation. They also warned that users could easily create viral tweets and then change them to something problematic that many users can see and implement. Moreover, the micro-blogging platform has faced a ton of scrutiny over the past couple of months, including its handling of security practices, spam-account-catching methods, and child sexual abuse material detection.